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Useful Tropical Plants

Stapelia kwebensis

N.E.Br.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Gonostemon kwebensis (N.E.Br.) P.V.Heath

Stapelia longipedicellata (A.Berger) N.E.Br.

Common Name:

Stapelia kwebensis
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Martin Heigan
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General Information

Stapelia kwebensis is an evergreen, succulent, perennial plant looking somewhat like a cactus. It produces a clump of erect, four-angled stems about 15cm tall and 12mm thick[
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Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
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Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
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L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
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Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.
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Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
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Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
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The plant is probably harvested from the wild and eaten locally. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
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Author
Var
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
ISBN
 
Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, southern Zimbabwe, northern S. Africa.

Habitat

Flat, rocky areas, in the open or below bushes[
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Properties

Edibility Rating *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.15 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of arid areas in the tropics and subtropics, requiring a period of the year with no rainfall. It is difficult to grow under humid and wet summer rainfall conditions[
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Grows best in a sunny position, but also succeeds in light shade in hot climates[
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Generally the plants grow reasonably fast and will flower within 2 - 3 years when grown from seed[
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The plant often forms large colonies in the wild[
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Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
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Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
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The flowers are foul-smelling, with an aroma reminiscent of the odour of rotting meat[
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Edible Uses

Some reports say that the whole plant (roots and top growth) are edible, whilst others say only the roots are eaten and still others that the plant is not edible! If it is eaten, then it is probably baked in hot ashes, mixed with other foods such as Schinziophyton nuts, the leaves of Talinum spp., and the corms of Eulophia spp., which re then all pounded together[
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Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
]. With its soft texture, this food is likely to be a preferred food for older peoples in traditional tribes[
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Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - takes about a year to ripen, but germinates rapidly after sowing. Fresh seed usually germinates better[
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Cuttings should be taken during the active growing stage to ensure good rooting, before the plants enter their dormant phase. Plants grow easily from cuttings as long as they are given adequate time to dry out before planting (at least two weeks). Leave the cuttings in the shade to dry out, then place them in a well-ventilated area with about 40% shade. Water daily during very hot weather[
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Plants that do not grow well from cuttings can also be propagated by grafting[
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